Makar Sankranti is one of the biggest festivals in the country. It is astrologically considered as the sun's transition in Capricorn marking the end of the winter season. It is considered as the days start getting longer and nights shorter from this day. This year, the festival will start on January 14 at 8:14 PM and will be celebrated on Sunday from 7:15 AM to 5:46 PM on January 15, 2023.
Makar Sankranti is celebrated in different parts of the country with a different name and local style, but the energy and vibe are the same. Food plays a vital role in this celebration. "As a Gujrati, we celebrate Sankranti in an eventful manner with kite flying. Newly weds or engaged couples have to participate mandatorily in the kite flying competition. With all the celebrations, food is something we don't compromise on. Not only in Gujrat, but in entire India there are some important food items to eat on this day to keep us warm and increase our immunity," says Gayatri Rathod, founder of Gujrati Authentic Food and a resident of Dwarka. She has shared with us some dishes which are a must on Sankranti. Here are 5 food ideas for your Sankranti celebration.
This is a must and is made in the entire India during the celebration of the festival. Healthy khichdi by adding 5 different dals mixed all together and bringing a delicious taste to your plate. It is served with vegetables and pickles.
Tilli ki Puri
Tilli is an important ingredient on this day. The puri filled with tilli is a popular and healthy food for this occasion, as shared by Gayatri. You can make a good filling by mixing species and herbs with the tilli and filling it in the puri.
Authentic and must-have for Gujus are these Undhiyu. This is a mix of various vegetables and seeds, full of nutrients. You can try this for the Makar Sankranti celebration.
We all know jaggery and tilli is a good option in winter as it keeps our body warm. You can make Tilli ke Laddo by adding Jaggery, tilli, and almonds and storing it for later. Punjabis also make Pinni these days. You just need to add wheat flour and ghee with the above ingredients to get your Pinni ready.
Bajra roti in winter are common but to celebrate the harvesting season it is specially made on this day and served to the god as shared by Gayatri. You must make Bajra roti on the Makar Sankranti 2023.